I wonder where has the real meaning of Christmas gone and what the current scenario is costing us as a society? Many families struggle to make ends meet and Christmas puts huge financial pressure on already overburdened parents living in poverty. Many live alone or have lost loved ones and the happy family portrayals can heighten their sense of loneliness at this time of year. An increasing number of people are homeless and on the streets in the depths of midwinter, imagine how they must feel? Excessive consumerism endorsed at Christmas is having a huge impact on Mother Earth. There is an old saying that a picture says a thousand words and I think the one below does just that...
There is Hope and Inspiration
There is a short and well written article by George Monbiot entitled "The Gift of Death" that alludes to the harm that excessive gift purchasing causes at this time of year. While many of the gifts we buy have loving intentions, yet he highlights that 99% of purchases will be in landfill within 6 months. He recommends alternative ways of giving to others and showing our love that doesn't harm the planet "Bake them a cake, write them a poem, give them a kiss, tell them a joke, but for god’s sake stop trashing the planet to tell someone you care. All it shows is that you don’t."
Millions of inspirational things are being done to enhance the lives of others and the planet. One of millions of examples include that tonight the coldest night of the year with temperatures well below freezing thousands of people are sleeping in central Parks in Edinburgh and London in solidarity with the homeless. Hearing of such acts of kindness bring hope and joy to my heart.
Each little thing that we do makes a difference. One authentic smile or genuine act of giving can change the life of another and inspire others. We need to question what is happening within society and what best serves our needs and that of our whole system. We each need to acknowledge what is occurring and how we might challenge any apathy. "Pathological consumption has become so normalised that we scarcely notice it." (George Mionbot). Let's pay attention and notice what is happening. Chris Bohjalian said “A single, ordinary person still can make a difference and single, ordinary people are doing precisely that every day.”
With love and gratitude,
What do you want for Christmas
How to best serve the world?
The Gift of the Dead by George Monbiot
This December, it's time to put an end to the Cult of Christmas for once and for all by Sirena Birgman